So I said that I hadn’t done anything interesting in a while, other than going to classes. I completely forgot something that I participated in for which I wished another foodie had been with me! (I’m trying to avoid putting prepositions at the end of sentences, but that one just came off as awkward. Sorry.)
The 25th of September of was Culture Night in Cork City. Several different themed tours were offered, and I went on the “Food City Tour” with a few of my friends.
When I first heard about it, I assumed that it was going to be a tour of different restaurants and things like that. Boy was I wrong. Instead, it was a history of food in Ireland – going all the way back to the 12th century. I was one of two vegetarians on the trip. and boy was it hard for us. This was just a little bit of what the culinary history of Cork included:
Cruibín (Pig’s Foot)
We got the dirty details of every single one. Dis. Gust. O. If I hadn’t been a vegetarian before that night, I definitely would have become one after that. Oh boy. Anyway, we learned all about the food in the Cork valley. The tour began in the City Hall building and wound around, through the English Market, and over to Cornmarket Street. Unfortunately, my friends and I had to leave a little bit early in order to get to our second tour.
Even if I was slight grossed out by the meat focus, I loved wandering the Market at night. Normally, its only open during the day, and it had a more intimate feel at night. Plus, in celebration of Culture Night, stores were giving away all sorts of free samples. Many of them were meat/cheese, which I didn’t go for, but some of them were vegan friendly. I tried turkish delight, aloe vera juice, vegan/organic wine, and a few other goodies. I didn’t get pictures of everything I tried, but I got a couple pictures of the event.
From the "Alternative Baking Company"
The full "Alternative Baking Company" spread
Coconut coated Turkish Delight
Olives and other Meditarranean goodies.
I wish any of you wonderful bloggers could have been there for this! Isn’t it amazing?
Okay… off to the Céilí Mor – a gigantic dance on the Grand Parade. It is the Beamish Folk Music, after all.
Happy Sunday, everyone!
What foodie events have you gone to? What was your favorite part?